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Memoirs of Mr. Kemble, with a striking Likeness of that celebrated Theatrical

Performer. To ibe Editor of tbe Hibernian Magazines university of Douay, in order to his be

ing qualified for one of the learned proSIR,

fellions. Mr. Kemble did not for fome O one, perhaps, of his profession time make any figure in the schools ; he of difcourse, and subject of admiration, university, noted for the happiness of his than Mr. Kemble. What is the reason, memory, and a talent, that indeed gave that the moment our understanding bows an early promise of his present excellence, to the open display of a man's public ta. I mean his delivery ; for, which he was leats, our curiosity Thuuld begin so busily already so much admired, that though to pre into the retired scenes of his pri- noboy ever went to hear the speeches of vate life? Severer moraliits may answer, any other itudent, yet the whole body of that while Reason adores the sacred fire fellows and profetfors conftantly crouted of public fame, Fovy Obrows up the em the ball whenever Mr. Kemble was to bers of private action, in hopes that she pronounce an oration. The intervals he may at least dim the luftre of the blaze. Inatched from necefT ry studies, our hero Sometimes this may be a true reply ; in dedicated to the perfecting himself, and my case it is not ; or if it were, yet there the most promising of his companions, in very embers may serve only to feed the the tragedies of Cato and Julius Cælar, fame: the man, in whom private worth in which, his representations of Cato and

unites itself to public abilities, has a dou- Brutus were thought matter pieces. The 1 ble claim upon us, for our esteem and time at last arrived for Mr. Kemble to

admiration ; and I feel intinite pleasure lift himself into a more honourable celefrom the prospect of the memoirs I have brity. The poets were put into his hands. undertaken to write, when I reflect, that His earliest compositions were approved the gentleman I am to speak of is truly of by all, and a latın eclogue he wrote this description. My information is drawn on the death of the late king of France, from tbe purest sources, from his fellow did his college, as well as bimself, great collegiaos abroad, and from his contem- credit ; for it was allowed to be the most poraries at home.

elegant piece the univerfity produced on Mr. Kemble was born in Lancashire, that occahon. In the height of his acade. and placed very young at the celebrated mical reputation, Mr. Kemble foríock bis Roman Catholic academy in Staffordshire ; studies, and returned to England. where be thewed so early, and uncommon After some time spent in deliberating a tale for letters, as induced his father on what employment be should choose for to send him to the Englih college in the bimself, natural indiation, not to menHib. Mag. Jan. 1783.



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